1. Purchase a dog specific toothbrush AND dog specific toothpaste. It's important not to use a human toothbrush as dog toothbrushes are the appropriate size and shape for dogs, in order to do the best possible cleaning. Fingertip brushes are also available if you prefer to reach your fingers in their mouth. Some people feel this style gives them more control and accuracy. I personally prefer an actual brush. I like the reach it gives me. Human toothpaste is not safe to use on dogs. There are many choices of dog toothpaste that's both safe and formulated to do the best job on dog teeth. I use peanut butter flavored paste!
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3. Once your dog seems comfortable with all of step two, start to flip up one side of his lip and gently begin brushing both his teeth and gums. Start with brushing only a few teeth during your first try. Each time increase the number of teeth you're brushing until you work up to your dog's whole mouth. The inside of the teeth (against the tongue) need little to no brushing as the tongue helps to keep them clean.
Your pup will soon be begging for teeth cleaning time with you!